Aug. 24, 2020

Wake Up, Pray Always

"But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose; For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. Keep awake then and watch at all times [be discreet, attentive, and ready], praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things [taken together] that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36. (AmpCV) (Bold Italics mine)

A fair enough warning. Keep AWAKE at all times. Pray for strength and the ability to be what? Counted worthy to stand in the presence of the Son of Man. Ouch! 

What's on its way will be the most challenging testing of any time. 

No easy believe-ism! No easy escapism! The further you go into the past and to next generations taught by the Apostles and their disciples, the less you find that the ancient Church embraced any of these new fangled beliefs (like the Rapture deception) around only the last 150 or so years. It's not found in Scripture rightly divided. It's not the Way of Jesus Christ. 

There was no complete Canon of Scripture as it's come down today for the most part until about A.D. 397. (And there are still variations in number of books depending on denominations or sects!) This is why it's wise to read the commentaries of the ancient Church Fathers prior to the 4th century that support the Scriptures. The way I see it is that it's another way to "honor you father and your mother," to read those who came before the Scripture Canon. (Old Testament was around in Jesus' time. That was their reference point.)

Some people scoff at that idea. Do so if you like, but the Scriptures in their current form did not magically descend on a cloud from Heaven when Jesus ascended on a cloud into Heaven. 

What we have been gifted with today was hard won by several centuries of much blood, sweat, and tears. Some even died as martyrs who put together what we get to read in hundreds of translations now. They were maimed, lamed, and defamed - persecuted by the elements in the Church that fought against the Truth of the Gospel! 

A lot of "infill-TRAITORS" have crept in since the beginning. It does not stop! The watering down of the Scriptures and a failure to acknowledge it as the final authority in belief and practice has resulted  in the current Great Apostasy that now precedes the spiritual, political, social, fiscal... tsunami that will soon wash across the whole earth. God will allow it and use it for the perfecting / maturing of the saints. That's how its always been on smaller more localized events of “end times” all over the world. 

This time, says Jesus, it will cover the whole earth.

Be ready.

 

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P.S. Here is an in depth study on the Amillennial view of the end times. 

https://www.lcms.org/document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=417